Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Feed Becoming More Expensive for Organic Farmers

"Organic farmers in the United Kingdom have asked the Government for permission to take a "holiday" from strict organic standards in an attempt to survive the recession.
The drastic move by organisations including the Soil Association follows a dip in sales of organic produce and fears for the future of Britain's 5,000 organic farmers.

Sales of organic food slumped 10% in the 12 weeks up to the end of November, according to the latest figures from the consumer researchers TNS. Overall food sales over the same period were up 6%.

Organic certification bodies, including the Soil Association, want their members to be able to use conventional animal feed instead of organic food concentrate, which costs double."

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